Updated: January 15, 2013 5:27 PM
Teams built to succeed or fail in lockout-shortened season

Off to the races

Off to the races (© Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press/AP Images)
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  • Pittsburgh Penguins - succeed (© Gene J. Puskar/AP Images)
  • Washington Capitals - fail (© John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
  • Los Angeles Kings - succeed (© Kirby Lee/Image of Sport/USA TODAY Sports)
  • Detroit Red Wings - fail (© David Guralnick/The Detroit News/AP Images)
  • San Jose Sharks - succeed (© Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
  • Minnesota Wild - fail (© Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
  • Boston Bruins - succeed (© James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
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“Sprint” is the word seemingly tossed around most since the NHL and the players agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement that ended a lockout that covered nearly four months. “Everybody uses that word,” San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan told FOXSports.com. “Wins and losses are magnified. A three-game losing streak is magnified, as is a five-game winning streak.” That’s because the NHL season -- which opens on Saturday for most teams -- is 48 games instead of the usual 82. FOXSports.com examines the seven teams that are the most and least prepared for this “sprint.”

-- A.J. Perez

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